John Muir Health has a comprehensive orthopedic program for people experiencing medical problems with the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, or nerves that keep your body moving.
Your care begins with a skilled team of orthopedic doctors, nurses, and other health professionals who work together to direct your treatment and recovery.
Before any decisions about your treatment take place, you will undergo an evaluation by an orthopedic doctor who will take a detailed medical history of your condition and give you a physical exam.
Your doctor will want to know how your condition has impacted your life to help determine the best treatment plan to meet your individual needs. X-rays and other diagnostic tests may be necessary to determine the cause and extent of your condition.
Deciding on Surgery
Before deciding on surgery, you will have an opportunity to learn about your treatment by discussing it with your surgeon. Our experienced, board-certified doctors have advanced training in reconstructive, trauma, and minimally invasive surgeries and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your goals and restores your independence.
In addition to discussing your options with your surgeon, you will be able to learn more about treatment choices in a variety of other ways. Our aim is to help you learn about the entire surgical process, answer any questions you have, and highlight your role in recovery. Your educational opportunities include:
- Classes - to prepare you and caregivers for knee, hip, or spine surgery and recovery
- A guidebook - to provide you with valuable information about the knee and hip surgical process
The day of your surgery, our friendly, familiar hospital staff will greet you. A case manager will coordinate your care in the hospital and help to make plans for your recovery after the surgery. Compassionate nurses and other clinical specialists with specialized training in orthopedics will provide the individualized care, education, and support you need throughout the surgical process.
You can also expect a continuum of care, from diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehabilitation, in a comfortable, dedicated orthopedic unit.
Types of Surgery
Whenever possible, our surgeons will use advanced techniques and technology to reduce pain and help speed up your recovery. Our advanced surgical and technological capabilities will minimize the length of your hospital stay.
Surgical procedures may include:
- Advanced technology for partial knee replacement
- Decompression and fusion techniques for spinal surgery
- State-of-the-art, minimally invasive arthroscopic technology
- Hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacements and revisions
- Microsurgery for hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Reconstructive surgery
You may go home after surgery or benefit from staying in the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, where rehabilitation therapists can help design an exercise and recovery program to fit your goals. Either way, your doctor, rehabilitation therapist, and case manager will guide you through your recovery process.